Leading Well During a Crisis

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Our decisions are most often made based on the results we predict and are able to measure.  Results that matter seem to only be those quantifiable, tangible and written down. How well does this approach work when swift action is needed? How long does it take us to offer emotional support, compassion, and care for individuals…

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Reflection

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Reflection – as a noun stands for something or someone able to send back light, heat, sound or any energy without absorbing it.   Coaching offers clients an unbiased view of their actions and stated  intentions so they can more clearly see themselves. Reflection – as a verb is a unique human activity and powerful dimension…

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Building Connection in Divided Times

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Diversity and inclusion are words we hear a lot – and the lack of them is always evident when tolerance wears thin during election season. Elections are one way of exercising the gift of freedom we receive as citizens of the US.  I respect all citizens and their right to vote, no matter how their…

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Mindset – What’s Your Story?

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What story plays in your mind when:  Your plane is delayed?  Your doctor wants to talk with you about lab results? You’re summoned unexpectedly to your boss’s office about a reorganization?   Your teenager isn’t back home long after the expected time?  The stories we tell ourselves about a situation, event or person affect how well…

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The “Work” of Work Life Balance

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Achieving work-life balance is a goal that shows up often when I’m coaching clients in their mid-career years. There are many issues for many mid-level leaders that contribute to a normalized 12+ hour day – which is also often shown as a leader’s badge of honor, as well as a stepping-stone to senior leadership. If…

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Leadership is a skill of empathy

Empathy is a Skill of Leadership

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Empathy.  What is it – and why is it a crucial skill of leaders? “Empathy is the capacity to sense, and to respond with appropriate emotion and action to another’s emotion and thinking.  It involves the ability to imagine what another person is experiencing from within the context of their mental, emotional and physical. “…

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Chemistry of Leadership

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February in Texas shows signs that spring is in the air – red buds in deep pink buds bursting on branches and bright green grass pushing through brown winter grass. On top of this season are Valentine’s commercials showing clingy couples exchanging gifts and …my personal favorite are pastures blanketed soon in wild flowers dodging wobbly…

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Gratitude Matters

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Being grateful is a gift that pays it forward for you, and for others The word Gratitude is derived from the Latin root word gratus – or that for which we feel thankful. It is distinct from a sense of satisfaction from personal accomplishment. To feel grateful acknowledges that something bigger than ourselves is involved when good comes our way. Things like love,…

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Leaders in Organizations as Living Systems

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article shared by one of my favorite weekly newsletters by Sustainable Brands, writer Giles Hutchins brilliantly described an economy of the future and the form of organizations in it. I’m excited to coach leaders who’re helping pioneer these “living systems” into the 21st century! Hutchins observes that organizations globally are undergoing a process of metamorphosis…

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